You may have enjoyed the pregnancy glow during pregnancy, but skin conditions such as acne, stretch marks, and dark spots may develop after giving birth. And by then you are too busy recovering and caring for your baby to focus on caring for your skin. Here are some healthy lifestyle and post-pregnancy skin care tips you can follow, to help you understand your skin conditions and how to tackle them.
During pregnancy, your skin stretches so rapidly that small tears in the dermis of the skin cause stretch marks. Stretch marks initially appear purple, pink, or reddish-brown, but eventually fade to white or silvery. Using stretch mark creams or Vitamin E oil on areas prone to stretch marks during pregnancy and after giving birth will keep the skin moist and reduce the likelihood of skin tearing. A healthy diet and exercise can also reduce the visibility of stretch marks, and even basic exercise such as yoga or brisk walking can help reduce stretch marks.
Dark spots appear on the skin, especially on the face, due to the stress and physical changes caused by pregnancy. Cleansing your skin twice a day with a mild cleanser and exfoliating with a mild scrub every week can remove dead skin cells, lighten dark spots, and reduce acne breakouts.
Dark circles and puffy eyes are often the result of fatigue. Having to take care of your baby and waking up in the middle of the night to feed your baby can lead to sleep deprivation. Therefore, you need to catch up on sleep whenever you have time. The way to do this is to sleep when your baby sleeps. Also, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and reduce dark circles and puffy eyes, you can also use an eye cream.
Acne and pimples are not only associated with puberty, but are also common during pregnancy. High progesterone levels can cause the skin to become more oily, even if your skin is clear throughout the pregnancy. Wash your face at least twice a day with a mild cleanser that contains natural ingredients like aloe vera. Apply a moisturiser every morning and before bed to keep your skin moisturised.
Some mothers may have sensitive skin that can flare up when triggered by mild sun exposure or cleansers. A dermatologist can assess the condition of your skin to determine if you have sensitive skin and prescribe medication or creams to treat the condition.
Pimples, stretch marks, melasma, and other skin conditions can plague mummies even after childbirth. Cleansing, keeping your skin moisturised and hydrated, as well as using specific creams can help restore your skin’s glow. If there are still no improvements to your skin, consult a dermatologist or confinement care specialist for professional treatment.
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